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The Fall of the Wimbledon Women

The Fall of the Wimbledon Women

~ Amy Lignor

wimbledon-centre-court1When it comes to tennis, certain ‘scenes’ come to mind; from the sweat, tears, and overworked muscles to the finale where the crowned champion falls on their knees and then holds the trophy above their heads, feeling like the King or Queen of the World while the flashbulbs go crazy. And although there have been ups and downs thus far, especially on the ‘female’ side of the court, Maria Sharapova gets to walk away with the best trophy of all – the true love of her fans.


Oddly enough, that true love was not shown on a tennis court, but appeared at the World Cup. While Maria was sitting one night with her entourage of coaches and trainers watching the game between Russia and Algeria – tennis took over the ‘football’ match when fans stood up with signs that asked Maria to marry them. Talk about lovely. Apparently, Maria was thrilled and shocked when seeing this on TV, but the French Open champion certainly was humbled by it. Even though David Beckham was probably a bit miffed that the proposal wasn’t shot his way.


And speaking of France…when it is stated that the ‘female’ side of the court is not doing well at Wimbledon, it’s not an understatement. Serena IMG_4354Williams is a huge draw – probably the biggest draw in the tennis world – yet she had to deal with being ousted from the single’s championship by losing to France’s Alize Cornet. This is the earliest oust for Serena in the last nine years, and fans were extremely unhappy that the awesome player who brings sparks and thrills to the tennis realm would not be in the position to offer that excitement this year.


You are talking the ‘World No.1’, the best, the ace, the top seed and a five-time champion who was dealt a big blow by losing to Cornet 1-6, 6-3, 6-4, in the third-round that ran over two hours.


Calling this a surprise for everyone – including Cornet – is an understatement. A huge upset, even the winner was gushing: “I can’t believe it’s me that did it.” She added; “A few years ago I couldn’t play on grass.”


Of course, Serena hasn’t had the best of years, considering she has not made it to the last eight at a grand slam after exiting the Australian Open in round four, and losing in only her second match at the French Open. Two out of five of Serena’s defeats have actually been handed to her by Cornet, so something says this won’t be the last.


Serena did start off well, however. And when it came to her eventual victor, Cornet did not seem like much of a threat, seeing as that she has never actually been past the third round at Wimbledon. Perhaps it was Mother Nature who helped her out. After all, Saturday’s match was stopped in the opening set because of rain that never seemed to stop. And four-and-a-half-hours later, Williams grabbed the first set as if no one anywhere near the U.K. had a chance at beating her.


Then…something happened. Serena turned a huge corner and for all the things she had done correct in the first set, she did them just as badly in the second. It was almost as if a mysterious ghost was suddenly shadowing her, making sure that her serve turned from brilliant to downright ugly.


When Cornet won, annihilating the Number 1 tennis player in the world, her response was one of a champion. Hopping around the court, she knelt down and kissed the grass as if thanking some ghost or muse for appearing behind Serena. Or…she could have been practicing for when she wins the whole enchilada.


The female side of the court is most definitely askew when it comes to Wimbledon yet, the men’s side is doing just exactly what everyone thought they would. The men who have won 35 of 37 of the past Grand Slam singles titles (Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal, Andy Murray and Roger Federer) seem to be skating right through, and it looks very much like one of those names will most definitely win this time around. The only surprise will be which one of the ‘Big 4’ has brought his own ghost or muse along to finish off the other three. Stay tuned!


The Astronomical Kid Comes of Age

Brian “Astro” Bradley

The “Earth to Echo” Interview

with Kam Williams


The Astronomical Kid Comes of Age


1Brian “Astro” Bradley was born on August 26, 1996 in Brownsville, Brooklyn where he started rapping as at an early age. At 14, he successfully auditioned for Season 1 of the reality-TV series “The X-Factor” by performing a song he wrote called, “Stop Looking at My Moms.”

Astro finished 7th overall in the competition whose judges included Simon Cowell and Paul Abdul, and was subsequently signed to a contract by Epic Records. Here, he talks about making his acting debut as the narrator and co-star of Earth to Echo, a sci-fi adventure very similar to E.T.



Kam Williams: Hi Astro, thanks for the interview.

Astro: No, thank you, Kam. How are you?


KW: I’m great, thanks. You know, I’m originally from Brooklyn, too

A: Yeah? What part?


KW: Bed-Stuy, around Eastern Parkway and Nostrand Avenue.

A: I know where that is. I bike over there every day.


KW: Do you still live in Brownsville?

A: No, I live in Bed-Stuy, near Marcus Garvey [Elementary School].


KW: Cool! What interested you in making the jump from music to movies?

A: I haven’t abandoned music. I’m still doing the music thing. I was 15 when I read the script for Earth to Echo. I thought it was amazing, and I couldn’t think of turning it down. It’s awesome for a kid from Brooklyn to have an opportunity to be on the big screen. And I had a great experience learning what the movie business is like. So, I’m glad I did it.


KW: I loved Earth to Echo. It reminded me a lot of E.T. except with cell phones, texting slang and state-of-the-art gadgets like eyeglasses with video cameras.

A: I think that was producer Andrew Panay‘s mission, to bring that nostalgic film back, but to update it with a 2014 spin.


KW: Larry Greenberg asks: Did director Dave Green give you any advice about how to act in front of the green screen opposite special effects that would be added later?

A: He gave all of us advice about ways we could portray our characters better. But as far as the special effects, I got more help from the visual effects team. It was definitely weird to act opposite emptiness, and later see the space filled on the screen by this little alien.


KW: Lisa Loving says: Wow! I just love that music video of “Stop Looking at My Moms.” She asks: How does your mom feel about the song?

A: I don’t want to seem like a jerk, but that song is so old. It’s from over five years ago now.


KW: So, what’s going on with you musically, then? I know you have a new EP called “Computer Era” coming out.

A: Yeah, I’m going to put the EP out soon, though I’m not rushing it. I’m taking my time since I don’t have a due date. I’m going to drop the first video from it really soon, but I’m not going to say when.


KW: At what age did you start rapping?4

A: About 9, but I’ve been into music since I was 3.


KW: Who would you say are primary musical influences?

A: The legends: Biggie… Nas… Jay-Z… Tupac… Snoop… Wu-Tang Clan… guys of that caliber.


KW: Children’s book author Irene Smalls asks: Do you enjoy watching sci-fi films?

A: Yeah, but I really prefer comedies. And I recently started watching some kung fu movies like The 36 Chamber of Shaolin which I enjoyed because of the symbolism and what it teaches you. As far as science-fiction goes, I’d watched a few films, but now that we completed Earth to Echo, and I see how amazing it is, I plan to watch a lot more sci-fi.


KW: Have you seen any Bruce Lee karate films?

A: Of course! Everybody watches Bruce Lee. That’s a legend. He’s the man!


KW: What would you says is the main message of Earth to Echo?115782_gal

A: I think it represents friendship! Echo might be an alien, but it symbolizes something that brings you and your friends together. Echo just happens to be an alien, and it took all of us united to save him. We weren’t the coolest kids in the neighborhood, but when we came together on his behalf, we felt like giants who had conquered the world.


KW: Irene has a follow-up: They didn’t focus on the fact that yourcharacter, Tuck, is black in the movie. So race wasn’t an issue. Did you enjoy that?

A: Yeah, I never even thought about that. And I don’t think anybody else on the set ever focused on it either. It’s 2014, man!


KW: The bookworm Troy Johnson question: What was the last book you read?

A: RZA’s book, the Tao of Wu. That’s a really good one. I’m very into reading lately, especially books that are beneficial, spiritually. http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1594484856/ref=nosim/thslfofire-20


KW: The music maven Heather Covington question: What was the last song you listened to?2

A: I don’t want to sound corny, but the last song I listened to really was “88,” one of the songs on my upcoming EP.


KW: What is your favorite dish to cook?

A: It’s hard to say. I don’t really cook much anymore.


KW: What’s your favorite dish to eat, then?

A: Probably stewed chicken or fried chicken.


KW: Stewed chicken? That’s right your mom’s Jamaican.

A: My whole family’s Jamaican, except for me. I like any type of West Indian food.


KW: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?

A: A young black male who’s going to take over the world.


KW: If you could have one wish instantly granted, what would that be for?

A: To be happy. I don’t have a desire for material things. As long as I’m happy, I’m good, man.


KW: The Teri Emerson question: When was the last time you had a good laugh?

A: About a half-hour ago, watching this debate about Hip-Hop between Lupe Fiasco and Peter Rosenberg on Hot 97. It was hilarious!


KW: Let’s say you’re throwing your dream dinner party—who’s invited?

A: Spike Lee, Jay-Z and Biggie [Smalls], which would be weird, since he’s dead.


KW: The Kerry Washington question: If you were an animal, what animal would you be?

A: A chimp or a gorilla. I think a chimp’s the closest thing to a human.


KW: Yes, there’s just one chromosome difference between humans and chimps. The Anthony Anderson question: If you could have a superpower, which one would you choose?

A: The ability to read minds.


KW: That’s interesting. Most people say they’d like to be able to fly.

A: With the rate at which that technology’s developing, humans will be able to fly soon, anyway. Give it like 10 years.


KW: The Ling-Ju Yen question: What is your earliest childhood memory?

A: My earliest childhood memory? I remember seeing a demon when I was real young. I forget what age, but I was certainly under 5.


KW: The Viola Davis question: What’s the biggest difference between who you are at home as opposed to the person we see on the red carpet?

A: Not much. I’m pretty much the same person. I’m just quieter at home listening to my music. Red carpets aren’t really my scene, so I try to get off the carpet as soon as possible. It’s cool doing it for Earth to Echo, but it’s weird doing the red carpet for other events when people don’t know me, and I have to stand there while the fans are all screaming for someone behind me.


KW: The Judyth Piazza question: What key quality do you believe all successful people share?

A: Positive energy. When you think positively, you attract positive people. If I’m on a mission to be successful and I’m positive all the time, then more positive people will come around me, and we’ll help each other. If you’re negative, you’ll find yourself surrounded by negative people. That’s why guys like Jay-Z and other successful people strive. They’re positive and they attract other positive people who enable them to go further.


KW: The Harriet Pakula-Teweles question: With so many classic films being redone, is there a remake you’d like to star in?

A: No, I think the classics should be left alone. But if I had to remake one, I’d pick Space Jam. I heard they’re trying to remake Juice, but I feel you need to leave certain movies alone. I hope they don’t mess with The Last Dragon, because that’s such a great movie. I don’t mind sequels, but I don’t like seeing a classic remade. It’s really unnecessary.


KW: What advice do you have for anyone who wants to follow in your footsteps?

A: Don’t follow in my footsteps. Create your own path. And master your own craft, whatever it is, writer, actor, singer, rapper… Make sure you spend time perfecting being you, and eventually you’ll succeed.


KW: Is there any question I haven’t asked you, that you wish someone would?

A: No, I’m good. Maybe how my day was, but that’s about it.


KW: Well then, how was your day?

A: It was okay. But it’s better now.


KW: Well, I’m glad you’re having a good day and a great career, Astro, and best of luck with Earth to Echo.

A: Thank you very much, Kam. This has been an amazing interview.


To see a trailer for Earth to Echo, visit:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JMlcdEtAiBA


To see a video of Astro performing “Stop Looking at My Moms,” visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=glTozYOOqX0



Respect the Elements!


Respect the Elements!

Sailors Foul-Weather Gear Evolves
for North America’s Sport Fishing and Powerboat Enthusiasts


Staying dry and comfortable with Gill NA  is a necessity! The one thing that benefits anyone going on the water is quality gear, boats, rods, reels, lines, lures and technical marine grade clothing. Whether to protect you from poor weather, rain, wind, blastingin31j_2_ along at 70MPH or as importantly, protection against the harmful effects of UV – technical marine grade clothing is a must for the serious power boater and sports fishermen with no exception. The top tackle and the best boats in the world help anglers rise to the front of the leader boards after hours upon hours of practice and tournament fishing. But if anglers can’t stand the marine elements in which they fish, the only results they’ll net are frustration, discomfort and disappointment.


That’s why Gill, the technical marine clothing brand now includes a growing line of weather-protection clothing to provide anglers in North America with tough, comfortable and well-fitting outerwear they need to compete effectively.


Nick Gill founded the brand in 1975, who was a passionate sailor in the UK looking to produce innovative and fair priced technical clothing for use on the water.

. The brand started exporting from the UK in 1980, and today holds a Queens Award for industry (International Trade) as a result of more than 70% of sales coming from overseas.  The USA has always been an important market for Gill and has been a brand leader in sailing and power boating foul weather gear for many years.


Over the years Gill has worked with International Sailing teams throughout the world at all levels, including Olympic Sailing teams, Volvo Ocean race and even Americas Cup campaigns.

Always the innovator, Gill’s continued commitment to making a science out of technical sailing gear caught the attention of racing teams worldwide as the clothing line expanded to product sets for both cold and warm climates. Internationally, Gill’s reputation soared with every advance in its performance- oriented, award-winning clothing. Team GBR. Grand Prix Sailing. Chessie Racing. Volvo Ocean Race. US Sailing Team, Disney Film projects. Emirates Team New Zealand. These, and more, have adopted the Gill brand for its heritage, innovation, performance, quality and fair price.


With continued advances in interactive layering fabrics and growing endorsements in the sailing market Gill believer’s that it has the brand presence to now create must-have product for the powerboat and sport fishing segments.



Whilst our brand heritage remains firmly in the marine sailing market, we believe that there is huge cross over and relevance for our product in the power boating and sport fishing world.  Gill product is developed for some of the harshest conditions on the planet, and we believe that if our products are fit for purpose in those environments, they are more than fit for purpose to protect a power boater or sport fisherman from the elements.


Look around at most protective wear worn by powerboat and anglers  — recreationally and professionally. There’s still a lot of cotton being worn out there, and cotton is hydrophilic: It loves water meaning that it will hold water and make the garment wet heavy and uncomfortable. Where it’s used, even under an otherwise shielding outer layer, it can leave the skin wet and cold.

Gill technical clothing features specifically engineered materials designed around an interactive layering system that moves moisture away from the skin. Combined, layers provide comfort upon the skin in cold water / cold air conditions. Gill also offers UV protection styles and lightweight breathable insulation that is durable, breathable and waterproof. Protection in hot sunny conditions is just as important as in poor weather.


The design team at Gill begin the product development process by selecting the best possible fabric for the job, considering durability, waterproofness, breathability, UV protection if appropriate and of course appropriate price point Gill clothing design starts with section the best fabric for the job. The fabric can represents more than 50 percent of the cost of the garment. If the fabric fails, so does the garment. The best-looking garment in the world is not much help for soaking-wet sailors battling a westerly gale. That’s why, at Gill, fabric is taken so seriously.


In 2002, Gill made the decision to move away from high-profile branded fabrics. Not only were they adding significantly to the cost, but they also limited the choice of materials. Most branded waterproof fabrics were originally developed for the larger outdoor-clothing industry. When it came time to introduce sailing-wear fabrics, the choice was limited. Gill wanted the ability to adapt fabrics specifically for the marine environment. If you are out walking and it rains, you can only get wet from above. When you are sailing, water is coming at you from all angles. Spray or solid waves are coming over the bow, you are sitting in water, and it could be raining as well. Then, there is the water, itself — for sailors, in most cases, it’s salt water. Saltwater molecules have a much larger surface area than fresh water and have abrasive properties, too. Off-the-shelf fabrics are not going to do the job as well as specifically adapted materials.


Working directly with different fabric suppliers means that materials can be honed to the exact end-use requirement.  , The lengthy testing process ensures that the fabric is completely fit for purpose, not only when new but after several years use.  The brand age’s fabric artificially in its lab facility to make sure that it won’t fail even after significant wear.



“Gill have made a science out of it,” Pritchard emphasizes. “Talk with our growing list of Pro fishing clients, like pro-angler Dean Rojas. He swears by it. What’s more important to an angler than spending more time on the water without worrying about rain, wind and cold? Dressed in Gill foul-weather gear, Dean keeps his mind on catching fish.”  The Yamaha Pro Fishing Teams also depend on Gill gear. Ranger Boats have now chosen Gill as their rain gear supplier. We have a growing list of top professional anglers now wearing our product.

North American anglers are quickly discovering the innovative, quality and fair price of Gill foul-weather gear. Gill’s full range of products for, power boaters and anglers is anchored with the Coast Jacket IN12, a highly accomplished new entry-level coastal/inshore waterproof jacket and chest high trouser. Made from a waterproof and breathable 2 DotTM two-layered fabrics, its durable water-repellent finish offers excellent weather protection and all-around performance. Fully taped seams create a waterproof seal. It’s non-absorbent and quick-drying fleece lining and breathable outer layer provides warmth without retaining moisture.

Learn more about the Coast range of foul-weather gear —available in three colors and in sizes for men, women and juniors — online at GillNa.com.



About Gill

Gill is a very rare thing these days, a company that does only, making ultra technical clothing for use on any boat, whether yachting, power boating or fishing.  Our waterproof clothing and equipment keeps you comfortable in all conditions.   The brand has served the worldwide marine industry for nearly forty years, and the range comprises apparel and accessories for virtually every type of boating activity.

Gill products are available through hundreds of independent dealers, one line and select West Marine Stores.



About Gill North America

Gill NA, with headquarters near Atlanta, GA, is the exclusive importer and distributor of Gill-brand foul weather gear in North America including Caribbean, US and Canada.

They’ve taken Bears, Lions, and Moose


They’ve taken bears, lions, moose, leopards …
even Cape buffalos.

Think what they’ll do to a deer.


Big-game hunting in Africa is the stuff that makes legends. Names steeped in history, like Scottish-born hunter WDM Bell, Frank Allen, Peter Capstick and Theodore Roosevelt ring out from the past, famous for their close encounters with Cape buffalo, the great cats, elephants, and rhinos.

In North America, well-read hunters will recognize names like Townsend Whelen, Jacob Reinke, Jack O’Connor — sportsmen who climbed mountains and hiked tundra to stare down giant grizzlies, mountain lions, moose, and bison.Brenneke_whitetail

For most hunters in the U.S. today, their own personal legends will be made on whitetail deer, black bears, maybe even on a huge wild boar. The excitement they feel when they sight their targets is no less real than the anxieties that rose through the skin of hunters long ago in an era of discovery and enlightenment afield.

One thing has not changed, from Teddy Roosevelt’s day to last year’s deer season, whether it’s a charging buffalo or a buck in a cornfield—the ammunition behind the shot must carry the lethal power needed to kill the animal cleanly and humanely. No matter if you’re going afield to take down your first whitetail, tracking down a bear, or traveling afar for the hunt of a lifetime, you want your first shot to close the trip efficiently and economically.

Wm_Brenneke_slugThat’s why in 1898, in the town of Leipzig, Germany, an industrious young man named Wilhelm Brenneke invented a projectile that revolutionized hunting cartridges.  As a boy, he was told by his grandfather, “If you kill, you must kill humanely.” Unhappy with the number of game animals wounded and lost due to the underpowered munitions of his time, Brenneke created a projectile specifically for shotguns (few could afford rifles in his day) of unprecedented energy and power, with a unique weight-forward design. He confirmed his invention on some of the largest, toughest game animals in the world.

Brenneke’s invention — the modern shotgun slug — set the standard for all shotgun projectiles that have followed. Virtually every shotgun slug and sabot on the market today  — 12-gauge, 16, 20, 28 or 410 — is derived from Brenneke’s designs. These are the munitions chosen by hunters using rifled or smoothbore shotguns who know the power behind their shot will anchor their quarry in its tracks.

Brenneke® slugs and sabots are, in a word, massive. Their 12-gauge slugs average .73-inch in diameter; the SuperSabot™ has 58 percent more frontal area than ordinary .50-caliber sabots. This results in extreme stopping power and energy transfer, and wounds that are almost always fatal. It is the same principle behind the huge .458, .500 Nitro, and similar classic rifle calibers preferred for large, dangerous African game. You cannot buy a more powerful slug than Brenneke.

116 years later, Wilhelm Brenneke would be proud. Using modern materials and technology, including special coatings, high-energy wads and even lead-free projectiles, his heirs have continued his dedication to research, improvement and perfection. Today, the Brenneke® company produces more than 10 million slugs and sabots every year, each carrying a century-old tradition of power and accuracy. As hunting gets more and more expensive, the hunter would be well advised not to skimp on his Brenneke_originalammunition; the least costly—yet ultimately most important—part of the equation.

A rarity in this day of conglomerates and faceless corporations, Brenneke remains a family-owned business, directed by Dr. Peter Mank, Wilhelm Brenneke’s great-grandson. After well over a century of perfecting Wilhelm’s creation, one thing has not changed: Brenneke remains absolutely committed to quality, performance and ethical, humane harvesting of the game we hunt.

You can buy any number of copies. Or, you can buy an Original Brenneke. When the success of your hunt is at stake, it’s a pretty easy choice.


800/753-9733 | www.brennekeusa.com

email info@brennekeusa.com



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Coming-of-Age Sci-Fi Features Shades of E.T.

118239_galEarth to Echo

Film Review by Kam Williams



Coming-of-Age Sci-Fi Features Shades of E.T. 


Most people know E.T. revolves around several kids who befriend an alien stranded on Earth and eager to return home before ill-intentioned adults can do him any harm. That coming-of-age classic landed four Academy Awards back in 1983, and was even voted the best sci-fi of all time in a recent survey by Rotten Tomatoes.    


But if you’re too young to remember Steven Spielberg’s heartwarming adventure, or if it’s been so long since you saw it that the storyline’s a little fuzzy, have I got an homage for you. Much about Earth to Echo just screams remake, starting with the picture’s vaguely-familiar promotional poster which similarly features a human hand reaching out to touch an extra-terrestrial.


Still, this delightful variation on the theme endeavors to refresh the original by incorporating current cultural staples, ranging from texting shorthand to social media. So, when the protagonists here communicate with each other, they often rely on inscrutable slang apt to befuddle fuddy-duddies unfamiliar with the lexicon employed by today’s average adolescent.


At this found-footage flick’s point of departure, we find narrator Tuck (Astro) lamenting the impending separation from his BFFs Alex (Teo Halm) 118809_gal2and Munch (Reese Hartwig) when their Nevada neighborhood is razed in a week to make way for a turnpike. The plot thickens after all their cell phones inexplicably “barf” simultaneously, and they decide to discern the source of the mysterious malfunction.


Equipped with a camcorder and state-of-the-art spyglasses, the youngsters ride their bikes into the desert in the middle of the night accompanied by a cute rebel (Ella Wahlestedt) with her own reason for running away from home. GPS sends the sleuths to a site in the desert where, lo and behold, they find Echo, a cuddly visitor from another galaxy with pressing issues akin to the aforementioned E.T.


The kids, of course, kick it into high gear on his behalf, keeping just a step ahead of the untrustworthy authorities. Their noble efforts inexorably lead to a satisfying resolution every bit as syrupy as Spielberg’s.


An unapologetic retread bordering on plagiarism that nevertheless provides the perfect, popcorn summer escape for the tyke and ‘tweener demographics.

Excellent (4 stars)

Rated PG for action, peril and mild epithets

Running time: 92 minutes

Distributor: Relativity Media

The Man from Essence

51BEsZ7YZBLThe Man from Essence

by Edward Lewis with Audrey Edwards

Foreword by Camille O. Cosby

Atria Books

Hardcover, $25.00

374 pages, Illustrated

ISBN: 978-1-4767-0348-0

Book Review by Kam Williams

“I know what they say about me—that I am too quiet and low-key, unassuming, even clueless. Not the one you’d expect to be the last man standing after the smoke has cleared and the body count taken. Yet here I am, in the position to tell a remarkable story as the only cofounder remaining on the masthead of a multimillion-dollar magazine I helped launch more than forty years ago with three other black businessmen…

The story starts in struggle with… trying to turn a business idea into a profitable magazine amid turmoil from within and racism from without… The story ends… when that magazine was sold 35 years later to the largest publishing company in the world for the highest cost-per-page… in history.”

— Excerpted from the Introduction (pages xv-xxii)

White from head to toe (including his trademark trench coat and even his hair), The Man from Glad was the iconic plastic wrap pitchman first introduced to TV viewers in 1965. Four years later, undeniably black Edward Lewis, The Man from Essence, was a member of the quartet of African-American visionaries launching a bold, new periodical billed as “The magazine for today’s black woman.”

Despite the irony of four brothers being behind a publication aimed at sisters, the periodical proved phenomenally popular, soon blossoming into theEd Lewis Pub Photo 2 (1) premiere beauty and fashion magazine for its target demographic. And over the intervening decades the Essence brand has been extended to include an annual Fourth of July weekend cultural festival featuring everything from musical concerts to empowerment seminars.

However, the magazine has also experienced considerable behind-the-scenes turmoil, and much of that drama is the subject of The Man from Essence, a revealing memoir written by Mr. Lewis with the assistance of his former executive editor, Audrey Edwards. Inter alia, we learn that the four founders had no experience in the field of publishing, yet ultimately managed to flourish in part because they had identified a need just begging to be addressed.

But that path would be no cakewalk, since it took big bucks to underwrite their daring adventure, and banks were initially rather reluctant to invest in such a fledgling operation. Nevertheless, Lewis describes himself as being “nearly in tears as I stood onstage looking out at the audience in New Orleans’ colossal Superdome” during the maiden Essence Musical Festival in 1995.

He also talks, here, about the historic sale of 49% of the company’s stock to Time, Inc. in 2000, as well as the balance of the shares in 2005. In that
passage he further recounts how the magazine’s legendary editor-in-chief, Susan L. Taylor, and other suddenly-disgruntled staff members began issuing demands in an avaricious attempt to share in the windfall profits deservedly earned by the magazine’s creators.

Lewis felt hurt after being labeled a “sellout” for handing the reigns of Essence to a media giant which might strip the cherished black institution of its “soul.” Still, the author got the last laugh, all the way to the bank, since the magazine has thus far remained fairly faithful to its founding principles.

A fascinating case study about how a solid work ethic enabled a poor kid from the NYC slums to prevail in his dogged pursuit of the American Dream.

To order a copy of The Man from Essence, visit:


Movies Opening This Week!


Kam’s Kapsules:

Weekly Previews That Make Choosing a Film Fun

by Kam Williams

For movies opening June 27, 2014


begin2_glamour_8May_426x284Begin Again (R for profanity) Musical tale of female empowerment about a struggling singer/songwriter (Keira Knightley) who dumps her philandering, pop star boyfriend (Adam Levine) in order to pursue her own career with the help of an alcoholic, disgraced record exec (Mark Ruffalo). Supporting cast includes Catherine Keener, Hailee Steinfeld, Mos Def, Ceelo Green and James Corden.

Transformers-4aTransformers: Age of Extinction (PG-13 for profanity, intense violence and brief sexual innuendo) Fourth installment of the sci-fi franchise finds a mechanic (Mark Wahlberg) and his daughter (Nicola Peltz) attracting the attention of scientists, transformers, a power-hungry businessman (Stanley Tucci) and a paranoid government bureaucrat (Kelsey Grammer) after they discover the deactivated leader (Peter Cullen) of the Autobots. With John Goodman, T.J. Miller, Sophia Myles and Ken Watanabe.



La Bare (R for pervasive profanity, incessant sexuality and brief graphic nudity) Homoerotic documentary offering a revealing peek inside the most popular male strip club in the world, La Bare Dallas, located in Texas. Director Joe Manganiello does double duty as narrator, interviewing dancers Nick Soto, Lance Winters and others.

Bound by Flesh (Unrated) Leslie Zemeckis (Bob’s wife) directs this heartbreaking documentary about Daisy and Violet Hilton, conjoined twins who made a fortune as a circus sideshow act, only to end up broke after being fleeced by crooked managers.

Drones (Unrated) Character-driven drama about the ethical dilemma faced by two soldiers’ (Matt O’Leary and Eloise Mumford) questioning the order to slay a suspected terrorist (Mahmoud Khalil) from miles away with the push of a button. With Mae Aswell, Vivan Dugre’ and Drea Garcia.

Jackpot (Unrated) Action-filled farce about the lives of four factory workers that come apart at the seams in the wake of winning over a million dollars in the lottery. Co-starring Kyrre Hellum, Mads Ousdal, Henrik Mestad and Arthur Berning. (In Norwegian and Swedish with subtitles)

The Pleasures of Being Out of Step (Unrated) Reverential profile retrospective, narrated by Andre Braugher, profiling the career of the legendary jazz journalist and civil libertarian Nat Hentoff.

Postman Pat (Unrated) Ronan Keating handles the title role in this animated adventure as an Average Joe whose faith is shaken after entering a TV talent show competition. Voice cast includes Jim Broadbent, Jane Carr and Greg Ellis.

Snowpiercer (R for violence, profanity and drug use) Climate change sci-fi, set in a futuristic dystopia where global warming has choked-off all life except for the few lucky enough to be aboard a train circumnavigating the globe. Ensemble cast includes Chris Evers, Tilda Swinton, Jamie Bell, Octavia Spencer, Ed Harris, Alison Pill, John Hurt and Ah-sung Ko. (In English, Japanese, Korean and French with subtitles)

They Came Together (R for profanity and sexuality) Romantic comedy about a candy company exec (Paul Rudd) who falls in love at first sight with the eccentric owner (Amy Poehler) of the franchise he came to shut down. With Bill Hader, Ed Helms and Kenan Thompson.

Under the Electric Sky (PG-13 for suggestive material, drug references, partial nudity and brief profanity) Be-In gathering documentary about the Electric Daisy Carnival, an annual three-day festival which has evolved since its inception in 1997 into North America’s largest dance music event.

Whitey: United States vs. James J. Bulger (R for profanity and crime scene images) Courtroom documentary highlighting the government’s case against the FBI’s #2 Most Wanted (after Osama bin Laden), the sadistic mobster who brutally murdered over a dozen people during his decades-long reign of terror in South Boston.

Yves Saint Laurent (R for sexuality and drug use) Haute couture biopic chronicling the career of the late fashion icon (Pierre Niney) and his long-term relationship with his life mate/business partner, Pierre Berge (Guillaume Gallienne). Featuring Nikolai Kinski as Karl Lagerfeld and Patrice Thibaud as Christian Dior. (In French, English, Japanese, Russian and Arabic with subtitles)


The Sun Shines on 49ers QB

The Sun Shines on 49ers QB

~ Amy Lignor

Kiefer Sutherland earned a salary of $40 million back in a 2006 contract that made him the highest-earning actor ever to grace a television set. That was for 24. That was the action and adventure that fans seemed to eat up with a spoon. And now there is another in California that is following suit. Colin_Kaepernick_-_San_Francisco_vs_Green_Bay_2012This time, there is no TV set; this huge payday comes from the belief of fans and bigwigs of the San Francisco 49ers that they have the QB in place that will bring them Super Bowl wins very, very soon.


Colin Kaepernick is their QB. He is the tattooed man who has always wanted to be among the best QB’s in the league. Apparently, someone with the cash believes that’s exactly what he will be – paying him a huge sum that basically throws a whole lot of weight on this guy’s shoulders to not make a mistake.


The multiyear contract extension will have Kap being a 49er until the year 2020, whether he likes it or not. This is a six-year extension that averages out to a total of $121 million dollars…with $61 million already guaranteed. Yes, guaranteed. In other words, if Kap is on the field and god forbid, has an ankle injury, the cash still rolls in. This is the highest guaranteed money ever given for any NFL player, but, like everything in this world, Kap also has some conditions to meet.


The base salaries for each year for Kap are guaranteed for that injury – but only injury. And Kap’s name must be on the 49ers’ roster every year. If not, the cash diminishes from 2015 through 2020 if Kap does not take at least 80 percent of the snaps in any given year.


The 49ers organization obviously believes Kap is the guy that will, like Montana and Young, become the ultimate in the QB world and head to the Hall of Fame one day. However, they are not dumb enough to just toss cash away, making it clear in the contract that Kap must purchase a disability policy so that it will pay back the team $20 million if he (again, god forbid), were to suffer am injury that ends his career completely.


For those who are unaware of how quickly Kap rose into the NFL spotlight of talent, this man was chosen in the second round of the 2011 draft by Jim Harbaugh, the coach of the 49ers who was starting his very first season with the NFC team. Perhaps it was fate or karma, but the two newbies to the Niners seemed to both grow and receive massive fan support. And Kap ended up becoming the starting QB when Alex Smith (another QB who was doing extremely well in the NFL), suffered a concussion.


Kap was young and new to the NFL. Yet his overwhelming stature at 6-4, 225-pounds – not to mention, his youth and passion for the game – brought thrills and chills to the gridiron. Kap used both rushing and passing (a QB “trend” that supposedly Michael Vick began…I’ll let you stop laughing before we continue)…to take the 49ers to the Super Bowl his very first year. It was actually heartbreaking for many to watch them lose to the Ravens at Super Bowl, and it was still more than heartbreaking to many when the Seahawks just beat the 49ers to head to the Super Bowl this past season.


But Kap will shake off his dislike for the bird community because he is young and is eager to prove that he and his team can be in the Super Bowl time and time again, and win!


Can the now, non-rookie do it? Coach Harbaugh seems confident of the kid and his abilities. The QB who already has six playoff appearances and one Super Bowl appearance in just two years states that he hopes to show the world that he is worth every penny of this contract. And although the jury is still out…the 49ers look and sound a great deal like that ‘old’ team full of superstars that won four Super Bowls and set the world on fire.


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